Accessing The Power of Gratitude

Posted on 27 November, 2015 at 17:45


Good Evening, 

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well Being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. Did I mention chocolate? Hmmm… What’s on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude


• Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.

• Make a gratitude jar for the whole family - one for each person, with lots of paper or post it notes near by. Make a habit of putting one in the jar every day and at New Years, or someone's birthday - take them out and read them out loud. Notice how your heart feels as you read each them. 

• Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nightly routine.

• During challenging situations, try and find the hidden blessing or silver lining... You may have to dig deep.

• If you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.

• Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it; express “Thanks for Gratitude.”


As you continue to practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is "The Power of Gratitude" at work.

Live, Love, Laugh - Shine Your Light... :) 




Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications November, 2015


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